Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was recently asked whether Congress was still going to craft a new AUMF. “What does that stand for?” Corker joked, knowing that it stands for Authorization for the Use of Military Force. But his five words said a lot.After Obama ordered airstrikes in August over Iraq and in September over Syria against IS militants, lawmakers complained that he was justifying the action with dusty war powers written to authorize conflicts after 9/11. Today, there is hardly a word about it on Capitol Hill.”Im not optimistic. I wish I were,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told The Associated Press. “The snag is there is no real political will or interest in doing it.”He said Congress has a lot to lose if it doesnt.
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